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Familiar Diversions

I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

Alliance In Blood
Ariel Tachna
Progress: 63/210 pages
To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
Connie Willis, Recorded Books LLC, Steven Crossley
The Moai Island Puzzle
Ho-Ling Wong, Alice Arisugawa
Progress: 30/239 pages
The snail-watcher, and other stories
Patricia Highsmith
Progress: 9/177 pages
Jane Jensen: Gabriel Knight, Adventure Games, Hidden Objects (Influential Video Game Designers)
Jennifer deWinter, Carly A. Kocurek, Anastasia Salter
The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't
Robert I. Sutton
Progress: 140/210 pages
The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality
Julie Sondra Decker
The Mystic Marriage
Heather Rose Jones
Progress: 302/426 pages
Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
Kazuto Tatsuta
Progress: 448/553 pages
The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov
Progress: 20/187 pages

Game review: RE: Alistair++

A while back, I had a conversation about visual novels in the comments area of a BookLikes review (one of Rose's, although I cannot find the darn thing). I mentioned that I'd played a few and had considered reviewing them. Well, I've written my first review, if anyone's interested. I'm hoping my next one will go a little more smoothly - this one was kind of a pain to write.


I don't know that this is strictly a visual novel, what with the activity choices and protagonist's stats, but that seems like the best thing to call it. It's primarily a romance, but has some slight mystery aspects.


The basics: The game is free and has Windows, Mac, and Linux downloads available. You play as Merui, a girl trying to figure out the real-life identity of Alistair, an online game player who behaved like a jerk towards her. The player turns it into a bet, giving Merui a month to figure everything out. There are three possible Alistair candidates, which also means three possible candidates for romance. Because.


I wouldn't be opposed to posting the whole review on BookLikes, but it didn't feel quite right, since it's not a book. However, I'm doing a happy dance right now because I can still give it a rating on BookLikes. Three stars for "eh, it's okay"!